MU Mourns Jane Plangere

University Mourns Jane Plangere

Jane Plangere, University supporter and Director of the Jules L. Plangere, Jr., Family Foundation, passed away at age 94 on Friday, Feb. 23.

According to an obituary published in the Asbury Park Press, Jane Plangere passed away peacefully following a brief illness.

The wife of Jules L. Plangere, who passed away in 2016, Jane Plangere was a generous supporter of the University. She also had strong family ties to the University. Her late son, Jeffrey Conover, who died in 2006, is a University alumnus, and her other son, Jack Conover, is a member of the University Board of Trustees as of 2013. Conover’s wife, Cathy, is a Monmouth alumna as well.

“The Plangere name is synonymous with generosity and support at Monmouth University, but few people know and understand the critical role that Jane Plangere played in cultivating that reputation, since it is so often attributed to her husband,” said University President Grey Dimenna, Esq. “As director of the family foundation, Jane helped steward significant support for so many critical initiatives at Monmouth and was instrumental in establishing the Jeffrey S. Conover Memorial Scholarship in memory of her son, a Monmouth alumnus. She had a genuine kindness about her; she opened the door to her home countless times over the years in support of Monmouth, and she had an infectious smile that all who knew her could appreciate. We are so privileged to have had the opportunity to share our mission with her for so long.”

Jane Plangere served as the Director of the Jules L. Plangere, Jr., Family Foundation, established in 1997. Jules Plangere was the namesake of the Jules L. Plangere, Jr., Center for Communication and Instructional Technology; the building was named and dedicated in his honor in 2002 due to his generosity. In the same year, he received the President’s Vision Award, the highest award the University bestows.

A reception for family and friends will be held on Saturday, Mar. 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the O’Brien Funeral Home in Brick, NJ, with a memorial service at 3:00 p.m. A private committal will take place at the Monmouth Memorial Park in Tinton Falls.

According to her obituary, the family asks that in lieu of flowers “you kindly consider taking a moment to brighten someone’s day, take a walk along the beach… stop and smell the flowers. Time waits for no one, enjoy life.”